A memorial bench will be installed at the school where a much-loved teenager died.

Ted Sanderson died on Tuesday after collapsing at Woodham Academy in Newton Aycliffe.

Thousands of pounds have already been raised in memory of the 14-year-old, whose sudden death has shocked the community.

A Go Fund Me was initially set up to raise money for the bench, but someone has come forward who has said they will make it, which means all the money raised will go to the children’s trauma unit at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesborough.

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The Northern Echo: Ted Sanderson, 14, from Newton Aycliffe, died on Tuesday after collapsing at school Ted Sanderson, 14, from Newton Aycliffe, died on Tuesday after collapsing at school

Almost £5,000 had been raised on Thursday afternoon, with hundreds of donations made in just 48 hours. 

There has been an outpouring of grief for the youngster, who loved music, spending time with friends and family and hoped to one day become a teacher. 

Ted was taken to the unit at James Cook after collapsing in class but he sadly died despite the efforts of medics..

Mel Reid-Wilson, Ted’s aunt said he was “the best of the best”.

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She added: “A kind person is making us a memorial bench for Teddy’s school so all of his friends have a place to go and see him.

“That’s what Ted would have wanted. He was all for his friends.”

The hospital plans to use the money raised to improve its family room and go towards new lifesaving equipment, said Katie Reid-Wilson, Mel’s wife.

To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/pzk8sp-teddy?

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